Strawberry Rubarb Lemonade Cocktail Recipe:
(makes 2 cocktails)
September 3rd, 2015 |
Celebrating the end of summer with friends and family is a tradition in this house! This year, we hosted a sunflower dinner party and I have some great ideas and recipes to share with you today. I hope you can pull some inspiration from it for your own gatherings.
Since the weather here in Chicago has been BEAUTIFUL this week, I set the table out in our sunroom. The crisp white wainscot on the walls makes for the perfect backdrop for just about any color palette I want to play with. My blue and white plate collection on the wall, and desire to use sunflowers for the centerpiece, led me to a blue, white, yellow and green color palette for the tablesetting.
I set the table using blue and white striped placemats, my basic white dinner plates, and a blue and white quatrefoil print napkin. To add that special touch, I placed mini flower pot placecard holders on each plate. I used a 1″ scallop circle punch and yellow scrapbook paper to create the name tags. To create the centerpiece, I filled my favorite rose bowl vase with giant sunflowers from the farmer’s market and flanked the vase with navy blue oversized candlesticks.
I welcomed my guests with a signature cocktail for the evening: a strawberry rubarb lemonade cocktail using Mike’s Hard Lemonade. I served them up in stemless champagne flutes, garnished with a green gingham straw and a slice of lemon, along with my pineapple foil-stamped cocktail napkins.
Strawberry Rubarb Lemonade Cocktail Recipe:
(makes 2 cocktails)
1 bottle Mike’s Hard Lemonade
1 handful of rhubarb
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water
Chop the strawberries and handful of rhubarb, and place in a saucepan with 1 cup of water, and sugar. Stir over medium heat until the sugar melts, squeeze in the juice from the lemon and remove from the heat. Strain the liquid thru a fine mesh sieve and pour it into a glass with Mike’s Hard Lemonade. Garnish with a slice of lemon.
For dinner, I served up two of my favorite summer dishes: an heirloom caprese salad with tomatoes from my garden, and a lemon garlic salmon dish. This salmon dish has been my go-to all summer long and I must share it with you! It’s simple, fresh, healthy and turns out great every single time!
Lemon Garlic Salmon Recipe
(serves 2-3 people)
1 lbs sockeye salmon
4 Tbsp Butter
2 cloves garlic
Salt & Pepper
Parsley for garnish
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
In a sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat and squeeze the juice of two lemons into the butter. Add chopped/crushed garlic and simmer for a minute or two, and then remove from the heat.
Line your baking sheet with aluminum foil, and place your salmon on top. Sprinkle with salt & pepper and then pour the lemon butter sauce on top. Fold your aluminum foil up around the fish to completely tent it, and place in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
Once you remove it from the oven, plate it and pour some of the remain butter mixture from the pan on top, sprinkle with chopped parsley.
To recreate this look: placemats, dinner plates, napkins, napkin rings (crateandbarrel.com), flower pot placecard holders (kateaspen.com), pineapple foil-stamped napkin (whhostess.com), crystal rose bowl vase (tiffany.com), navy blue candlesticks (homegoods.com), blue plate collection (some via horchow.com)
THIS IS A SPONSORED POST. THE PARTY DRESS HAS RECEIVED PAYMENT, TRADE AND/OR PRODUCTS FROM MIKE’S HARD LEMONADE IN EXCHANGE FOR PROMOTION, HOWEVER ALL IDEAS, PHOTOGRAPHS, RECIPES AND OPINIONS STATED ARE MY OWN.
July 13th, 2015 |
A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I had partnered with PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur to host a “Summer Patio Party” in celebration of their BIG summer Pinterest contest going on this month. PS – Have you entered yet?! I’m back today to share the photos from my Patio Party, along with a couple fun food ideas, and a fabulous cocktail recipe from PAMA.
I invited my guests for the Summer Patio Party using my BBQ party invitation – I love the casualness of it, and the color palette it set for the party – black, white, yellow, red and a touch of green. I set the patio table with a sunny assortment of sunflowers, woven charger plates, green melamine plates, and black and white buffalo check napkins. To add a little twinkle to the table, I placed votive candles into mason jars filled with green lentils.
I served up one of PAMA’s signature cocktails – the Summer Fling! To make serving simple, I premixed my cocktails and placed them in capped bottles, making it simple for guests to help themselves. I add to the summer-casual-feeling, I served them up in glass mason jars as glasses.
To make your own PAMA Summer Fling Cocktail, follow this recipe:
Stir all ingredients together in a large pitcher. Pour into a re-sealable 600ML bottle. Chill until ready to serve. Can be made up to 1 week in advance.
PS – they have all kinds of fabulous recipes on their website – you can check them out here.
In addition to our burgers and brats, I served corn on the cob on popsicle sticks (I stood them up in a galvanized container, making for a charming presentation), and my favorite go-to summer appetizer: watermelon, feta and basil stacks, drizzled with balsamic vinegar. The sweetness complimented our PAMA cocktails perfectly!
I sent guests home with a little popcorn bag, dressed up with a gingham check sticker.
This post was sponsored by Heaven Hill Distilleries, Heaven Hill Family of Brands, Bardstown, KY © 2015
There is still time to enter the Celebrate Summer Pinterest contest at PAMALiqueur.com/CelebrateSummerContest. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Starts on 6/22/15 at 12:00:00 p.m. ET and ends on 7/20/15 at 11:59:59 a.m. ET. Open to legal residents of 50 UnitedStates and D.C., who are at least 21 years of age and older. Void where prohibited. For complete Official Rules, visit PAMALiqueur.com/CelebrateSummer.
June 30th, 2015 |
Here’s the how-to: save your empty toilet paper rolls, fill them up with candy/small gifts, and then wrap in a sheet of tissue paper. Tie each end with ribbon and wrap with our free printable label. Super simple, yet oh, so stylish! Have fun! (click on the image of labels below for the free download)
June 26th, 2015 |
Set a preppy patriotic tablesetting for your 4th of July celebrations by combining a few key patterns: navy stripes, red polka dots and a classic American flag (I found these at Party City)!
June 24th, 2015 |
I absolutely LOVE entertaining in July. The weather is finally good here in Chicago, and with 4th of July quickly approaching, I can pull out all of my red, white and blue and entertain in pure Americana style. For a dinner party this weekend, I’m setting the table with a classic red gingham tablecloth, my chinoiserie blue and white plates, cobalt wine glasses, and linen napkins from MADISON with a modern blue striped monogram.
June 22nd, 2015 |
Working with my custom party planning clients is truly one of my favorite parts of my job. My clients invite me into their families, to help them plan a memorable event – a baptism, birthday party, bridal or baby shower, and in this case a First Holy Communion. Held in Florida, we wanted to give the event a crisp, sunny color palette, and use classic haberdashery patterns for a masculine look. A gingham check invitation design was born, and set the tone for the rest of the party. (PS – our gingham check invitation is available in the shop in 8 different color ways!)
The event had a very classic feel to it, and there are some steal-worthy ideas that would be perfect to incorporate into a summer party. Some of my favorite details include:
June 12th, 2015 |
April 28th, 2015 |
Cinco de Mayo is a colorful, festive celebration that typically is more geared towards adults. I have a couple fun ideas for you, from my book Stylish Kids’ Parties, on how to throw your littles a colorful fiesta. These ideas would also work smashingly well for a Fiesta birthday party!
Whether you are hosting a Cinco de Mayo party or a Fiesta birthday party, send your guests a colorful invitation to set the tone for the event! We have two new designs in the shop that would be perfect: the fiesta and the confetti invitations. (see images at the bottom of the post) If you want to get crafty, you can add a glassine envelope of colorful confetti to it!
Dress up your basic party platters or cake stands with colorful pom pom trim from your local craft store. One of my favorite ways to serve up lemonade is in mini mason jars with flower lids and striped straws. Looking to add a playful punch to your party? Fill up a bowl with sprinkles and place your mason jar drinks in them for easy grab-n-go.
Decorate your tablesetting with a fringe centerpiece. Using a wood number (age) or letter (initial), wrap it with a paper fringe garland and stick it into a pot of wheat grass. The full DIY instructions are in my book, Stylish Kids’ Parties, along with a couple free printables.
Send your little guests home with paper cone party favors full of candy. I used pink and orange striped lollipops from Candywarehouse.com. Throw in a couple of tacos and chocolate-covered churros, and you’ve got yourself a fabulous family-friendly Cinco de Mayo party! Here are the two new invitations in the shop that would be PERFECT for a Fiesta party:
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